Would really appreciate some legal advice (or experience from someone who has been in this situation) on what is the likely outcome of what happens to the house in this scenario.
My children's father and I have separated and he has moved out (verbal abuse and drug use being the predominant reasons but won't go into that here).
We have three children together, ages 10, 8 and 5 and I am and always have been the primary carer. He works long hours and earns good money and can afford to house himself even after child maintenance
has been paid.
I am currently on job seekers allowance and frantically looking for a job because I would ideally like to be able to take the mortgage on, on my own, at some point in the near future.
My ex wants to force the sale of the house which is not in the interests of the children. He did put some equity into the house (as did I) but only about £35000, which he is desperate to have back. he doesn't care about the needs of our children, he appears to want to make my life as difficult as possible despite me being the reason that he has been able to dedicate time to his career over the last 10 years.
Where do I stand? If I'm not in the position to be able to buy him out soon, will the courts force the sale despite me not being in a great position to rehouse me and the children?
We own the house as joint tenants, I have been paying the mortgage and all bills since April and my financial situation will improve further when I get a job.
The house is a 4 bed and there are 3 children so I wouldn't say bigger than our needs- in fact it was bought specifically so that the children could have a bedroom each.
There is only about £70k of equity in the house. Ex could easily get another mortgage on his salary (£50k) but I might struggle on mine (looking at jobs that pay about £20k per annum) My earning power has been reduced by being a stay at home unfortunately.